Lake Nor­rell FD to host open house

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Morrison el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

The Lake Nor­rell Fire De­part­ment plans to host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Satur­day, at Thomp­son Sta­tion, lo­cated at the cor­ner of West Avilla and Thomp­son Dairy roads.

“The com­mu­nity has given so much to the fire de­part­ment,” said Board Mem­ber April Burch­field. “This is our way to give back to the com­mu­nity and share the new sta­tion.”

The de­part­ment is of­fi­cially known as the Lake Nor­rell Area Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict.

Burch­field said Thomp­son is the new­est sta­tion the de­part­ment be­gan plan­ning 13 years ago. Con­struc­tion be­gan in 2016 and opened in 2017.

The de­part­ment held an open house last year and Burch­field hopes it will be an an­nual event for the com­mu­nity.

At­ten­dees will be able to tour the fire sta­tion. The board plans to share in­for­ma­tion about how the fire­fight­ers train, how the de­part­ment is funded and how money is spent, how fire­fight­ers re­spond to calls and how those re­sponses af­fect home owners’ in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums.

Cur­rently, Lake Nor­rell has a Pro­tec­tion Class 6 rat­ing.

The de­part­ment also wants to talk to peo­ple about vol­un­teer­ing.

“We al­ways need volunteers,” Burch­field said.

While they do need fire­fight­ers and emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel, the de­part­ment is look­ing for volunteers for other jobs as well.

“We don’t want ev­ery­one to think they have to run into a burn­ing build­ing,” Burch­field said.

They need volunteers for jobs around the sta­tion such as so­cial me­dia pro­mo­tion, as­sis­tance with brochure de­sign and as­sis­tance with re­cruit­ment.

Along with meet­ing the fire­fight­ers and learn­ing more about what they do, there will also be bounce houses for chil­dren and at least one he­li­copter is sched­uled to land at the open house.

Burch­field also hopes to have some adopt­able pets on hand.

Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able, along with door prizes.

The event is sponsored by Avilla Hard­ware, Larry’s Pizza in Bryant, Sugar Dumplin’s Cup­cakes, Jus­tice of the Peace Bar­bara How­ell and Salem Phar­macy.

“Peo­ple in our dis­trict should at­tend to see our new sta­tion, meet the fire­fight­ers, find out how the fire de­part­ment af­fects in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums and the dif­fer­ent ways they could vol­un­teer to help the fire de­part­ment,” Burch­field said.

Spe­cial to the Sa­line Courier

Fire Chief Ron­nie Forsyth, left, Dawn Brown, Doug Brown, April Burch­field, Kyle Den­nis, Tim Hoffman and Lynn Wright stand in front of Thomp­son Sta­tion where the Lake Nor­rell Fire De­part­ment will hold an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Satur­day.

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